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Syria: Rebels launch offensive against government-held Idlib

March 25, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Syrian rebels launched an offensive Tuesday against a major government-held city in the country's northwest, shelling the outskirts and warning residents to remain indoors. The operation's target is Idlib, a city of about 165,000 and the capital of the province of the same name. Rebels have controlled countryside and towns across the province since 2012, but President Bashar al-Assad's forces have held Idlib city." (03/24/15)

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Afghanistan: Indigenous terrorists kill 13, US terrorists kill nine

March 25, 2015
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Gunmen in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 13 people during a midnight assault Tuesday on a highway as a suspected U.S. drone strike near Pakistan killed at least nine militants, authorities said. ... gunmen opened fire on three separate vehicles in the attack, including a bus traveling from Kabul and heading to Ghazni province, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. ... Meanwhile, two intelligence officials in Pakistan said the suspected U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province killed at least nine [alleged] militants with the Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Islam." (03/24/15)

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Egypt: Three regime troops killed in Sinai attack

March 25, 2015
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Fairfield Citizen    

"Suspected Islamic militants killed two Egyptian soldiers and a police conscript in attacks in the restive northeastern Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, security officials said. In the first attack, a roadside bomb struck a passing armored vehicle, killing the two troops. ... Separately, in the peninsula city of el-Arish, a young conscript was shot to death in a drive-by shooting by suspected militants Tuesday, the officials said." (03/24/15)

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Canada: Regime to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State group in Syria

March 25, 2015
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Omaha World    

"Canada is expanding its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday. Harper told Parliament that he will not seek 'the express consent' of the President Bashar Assad government for the airstrikes, but will work closely with allies who have been carrying out such airstrikes against IS over Syria in recent months." (03/24/15)

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Yemen: Shiite rebels fire on protesters killing six

March 25, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Shiite rebels fired bullets and tear gas Tuesday to disperse thousands of protesters demanding they withdraw from a southwestern province, killing six demonstrators, wounding scores more and escalating tensions in a country on the verge of civil war. The rebels, known as Houthis, seized the capital Sanaa in September and have been advancing south alongside forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh." (03/24/15)

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Libya: Islamic State claims Benghazi suicide bombing

March 24, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Islamic State militants claimed a suicide bombing that killed seven people at an army checkpoint in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and triggered retaliatory air strikes by army forces. In a separate incident in Libya’s second-largest city, where army forces are fighting Islamist militants, a rocket hit a residential building, killing a 17-year old girl and another person, medics said." (03/25/15)

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Islamic State publishes list of US troops for targeted killing

March 23, 2015
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PBS NewsHour [US state media]    

"An online group that calls itself the Islamic State's 'Hacking Division' has published profiles of 100 U.S. service members, including their names, photos and purported home addresses, encouraging its 'brothers residing in America' to kill those named on the list. ... An unnamed defense department official told the New York Times that the hackers had likely pieced together the profiles from information they found in public databases rather than government servers, since many of the names on the list have appeared in media coverage of airstrikes against against the militant group." [editor's note: When it comes to targeted killing lists, the main difference between the Islamic State and the Obama regime is that the former is more transparent - TLK] (03/22/15)

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Syria: Rebels capture regime troops after helicopter crash

March 23, 2015
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Newser Newser    

"Syrian insurgents captured several government airmen after their helicopter crashed in a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria on Sunday, activists said. The Idlib Media Center and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the helicopter went down near Jabal al-Zawiya, some 6 miles north of the town of Maarat al-Numan in Idlib province. The aircraft experienced a technical malfunction and made an emergency crash-landing, according to the Observatory. Syria's state news agency confirmed that a helicopter had crashed in Idlib after a mechanical problem and said the authorities were looking for the crew." (03/22/15)

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Iraq: US trains regime forces as battle for Tikrit continues

March 23, 2015
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Bradenton Herald    

"As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country’s security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants. Hundreds of American advisers are working at the Camp Taji military base just north of Baghdad to train Iraqi forces on issues like weaponry and better coordination and integration of ground action with coalition airstrikes." (03/22/15)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks town, killing 11

March 20, 2015
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KVVU TV    

"Boko Haram extremists have attacked on a Nigerian border town, killing 11 people who had recently come home after military forces ousted the insurgents, witnesses said. Resident Mohammed Umara said Cameroonian forces immediately crossed the border when gunfire erupted Wednesday evening and drove the militants from Gamboru-Ngala." (03/20/15)

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Kashmir: Five killed in attack on police station

March 20, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Militants attacked a police station in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing three people in the first major attack since a new coalition government took over power in the state this month. The two attackers were killed after a gun battle that lasted four hours, officials said. Nine others, including a senior police official, were injured in the attack." (03/20/15)

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Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber kills regional police chief

March 20, 2015
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"A suicide bomber killed an Afghan provincial police chief in Kabul, a regional official said on Thursday, the latest killing to be claimed by Taliban insurgents in a wave of attacks coinciding with the sharp drawdown of foreign troops. Matiullah Khan, the head of police in the central province of Uruzgan, was visiting the Afghan capital when he was killed in the western part of the city." (03/19/15)

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Yemen: Three dead in Aden airport attack

March 19, 2015
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Houston Chronicle    

"Forces loyal to Yemen's former president stormed a section of the international airport in the southern port city of Aden on Thursday, triggering an hours-long gunbattle before security forces loyal to the current president repelled them and secured the hub. The fighting forced the airport's closure and passengers on a flight to Cairo were scuttled off the plane and into the terminal building. Sporadic clashes between rival units in Aden erupted later in the day in various locations inside the city itself." (03/19/15)

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Pakistan: At least 34 killed in Tirah air strikes

March 18, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"At least 34 suspected militants were killed in airstrikes conducted by military jets in Khyber tribal regions Tirah Valley area, according to a statement issued by the army on Wednesday. Pakistan Air Force jets bombed several suspected militant hideouts in the remote Tirah Valley area of Khyber tribal region, an army statement said." (03/19/15)

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Syria: State media claims shootdown of US drone

March 18, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Syria's state news agency says the country's air defense forces have shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft. 'Syrian air defenses brought down a hostile U.S. surveillance plane in northern Latakia,' SANA said in a statement, without giving further details. A U.S. defense official confirmed to CBS News that the U.S. lost control of an unarmed MQ-1 Predator drone that was flying over northwest Syria. The official said there was no immediate information to determine whether it was shot down or crashed." (03/17/15)

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Afghanistan: Truck bomb kills seven, injures 41

March 18, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"A truck bomb set off by a Taliban suicide attacker targeting senior provincial officials killed at least seven civilians and wounded around 40 in southern Afghanistan, officials said. The bomber detonated his explosives-rigged truck near a complex that houses the governor, the head of the provincial council and the deputy provincial police chief in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Jan Rasolyar told AFP." (03/18/15)

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Leave Afghanistan to the Afghans

March 18, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Afghanistan still could eventually end up with a reasonably liberal society, but only on its own terms. Many Afghans desire liberty and equality. However, the U.S. cannot turn Afghanistan into a modern nation state, at least at reasonable cost in reasonable time. And no one should expect a strong central government along Western principles." (03/17/15)

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Syria: Rebels say army kills six in gas attack; regime denies

March 17, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"A [pro-rebel group in England] monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation. A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. 'We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don't need to use it,' the source said. ... The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which [promotes the rebel viewpoint of] the conflict through a network of sources, said the six dead included a man, his wife and their three children. It cited medical sources as saying they died as a result of gas from barrel bombs dropped late on Monday and that the chemical used was likely chlorine." (03/17/15)

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Pakistan: 14 killed, 70 injured as blasts target Lahore churches

March 16, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Twin blasts targeted the Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church during Sunday mass in Youhanabad area of the provincial capital, killing 14 people including two policemen and injuring at least 70 others. According to initial reports, two suicide bombers attacked the churches located in the Christian locality. Eye witnesses told Geo News that a man blew himself up outside one of the churches as a police guard stopped him from entering, while the other blast took place inside the church during Sunday mass. However, police have yet to confirm the nature of the blast. Two suspected men were caught from the venue but the enraged mob burnt them alive after subjecting them to severe torture in the presence of police." (03/15/15)

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Iraq: Kurds claim Islamic State forces used chlorine gas

March 16, 2015
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Times of Malta [Malta]    

"There is evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, Kurdish authorities in Iraq said. The allegation by the Kurdistan Region Security Council in relation to a suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq on January 23 has not yet drawn a reaction from the Islamic State group, which holds a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in its self-declared caliphate. However, Iraqi officials and Kurds fighting in Syria have made similar allegations about the militants using the low-grade chemical weapons against them.
In a statement, the council said the alleged chemical attack took place on a road between Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, and the Syrian border, as peshmerga forces fought to seize a vital supply line used by the Sunni militants." (03/14/15)

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Somalia: Islamists kill six in Baidoa attack

March 12, 2015
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"Six Somali police officers were killed on Thursday when al Shabaab Islamist militants detonated a car bomb outside a regional government headquarters in the central city of Baidoa and then stormed inside the compound, police said. The attack is the latest in a series launched by the group, which often targets official sites and politicians in the capital Mogadishu in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam." (03/12/15)

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Iraq: 226 killed in fighting, 300 found in mass graves

March 12, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Security forces have made their way into Tikrit and claim to be in control of as much as 90 percent of the city. Seven snipers were killed by security forces. Over 300 bodies were found in two mass graves near Abu Ajil. They may belong to soldiers massacred at Camp Speicher last summer. At least 17 suicide bombers were part of a 21-bomb attack on Ramadi army targets that left at least 17 dead and 30 wounded. Security forces killed another 26 militants." (03/11/15)

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Iraq: Regime forces, Shiite militias close in on Tikrit

March 11, 2015
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Columbus Dispatch    

"Iraqi security forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias on Tuesday pushed to the outskirts of the encircled city of Tikrit, residents and Iraqi officials said, after 10 days of heavy fighting that have seen government-aligned forces take control of two key towns north and south of the city. News that government forces had arrived on the outskirts of Tikrit, which has been occupied by Islamic State since last summer, was greeted triumphantly on state television, with officials claiming the militants had withdrawn from the city and predicting a quick victory. But officials have made similar claims in the past about the success of operations against Islamic State only to see the gains they claimed evaporate before fierce counterattacks." (03/10/15)

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Colombia: Santos suspends air attacks on FARC camps

March 11, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced that he has ordered the military to suspend air attacks on camps of the country's main rebel movement for one month. Colombian troops will continue ground patrols. Santos said during a televised address to his nation Tuesday that his order reflects the progress that is being made in negotiations begun in late 2012 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia." (03/10/15)

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Allies against Islamism in the Mideast could learn from the fight in Nigeria

March 10, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Although ISIS has grabbed world attention, using the heinous tactics of beheadings and enslavement and aided by the spotlight of Western media and government hysteria, Boko Haram had earlier pioneered such tactics of intimidation. And despite ISIS having pledged regional Islamist affiliates in Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, and now likely Nigeria, all of these already existing Islamists are largely trying to milk the ISIS connection for propaganda purposes to attract more funding and fighters. Thus, ISIS remains largely a threat to Iraq and Syria. Yet it is striking that the U.S. response has been very different against ISIS holding parts of Iraq and Syria versus Boko Haram holding part of northeastern Nigeria." (03/09/15)

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